Who Was to Blame for the Deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Essay

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Who was to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet?

In this essay I will be exploring the reasons as to why some people would argue that a certain person or people are to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.
I will show understanding of the plot, character and themes and Shakesperes use of language and dramatic devices within the play.
Firstly, some people believe that the parents of Romeo and Juliet were to blame for their deaths because of the ongoing feud between the two families. The argument between the Montague’s and Capulets is mentioned in the prologue, ‘Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break, to new mutiny, where civil hands make civil hands unclean, from
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He gave the audience an idea of what was later coming in the play, which kept the audience hooked and wanting to know more. When Juliet desperately didn’t want to marry Paris, she turned to friar Laurence for a solution. The friar provided Juliet with a potion that would make her appear dead on the morning of her wedding. A messenger was sent out to let Romeo know that Juliet would be drinking the potion to make her appear dead for forty eight hours, but he never got the message. Romeo was unknown to the fact that Juliet was really alive and just appearing dead to avoid her marriage to Paris. Romeo hears of Juliet’s death and assumes her death was real, he kills himself to be with her, oblivious to the fact she is really alive and under the effect of a potion. If the Friar would have made an extra effort to ensure that the message that was meant to be delivered to Romeo was actually received, Romeo would have been in the know about the plan that went ahead involving Juliets faked death.
Mercutio could even be to blame for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. He was the person which persuaded Romeo to crash the Capulet party. If Romeo had never set foot in the House of Capulet, Romeo may never have met Juliet and their love would not have resulted in the pair’s death. Later on in the play, it seems as though Mercutio already has a feeling of something bad

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